goat-related things afoot…or ahoof

goats on the side of a building in Dachau

There’ve been goat-related things going on in the news and people are sending me goat-related links. I see goats depicted in paintings and I hear goats heralded in song. Since I became such an authority on these members of the Caprinae family, it seems like goats are following me around. Seeking me out like they’re foraging for food.

While thinking about and writing other things, I see this tweet from @rebecca_o:

RT [redacted] I am now a dancing goat.

— o… (@rebecca__o) June 22, 2012

At that moment, I knew I just had to do a round-up of all things goat going on. There are goat-related things afoot…or ahoof, as it were.

Earlier in the week, I saw this in my local paper: Am Meckern erkannt. I’m sure most of you have learned German already, if for no other reason than to better read this blog, but I’ll go ahead and give you a brief summary.

Even if a nanny (mother goat) and her kid (where we get the name for what we call goat-like human children) have not seen one another for more than a year, she can still recognise the cries of her offspring. There’s more to the article, but my immediate reaction is, ‘Wait, isn’t this somehow abusive to the animals being observed?’ Think about it. I’m not even going to bother with the question of why we want to know how long a baby goat’s voice is still known by his mother. I’ll go straight to the issue that the article ends with Here’s how the piece ends:

‘Nur von wenigen Tierarten ist bisher bekannt, wie lange sich Mütter an die Rufe ihrer Kinder erinnern. Bei den Nördlichen Seebären beträgt diese Zeitspanne zum Beispiel ein Jahr. Jedoch sind solche Bestimmungen gerade bei wildlebenden Tieren schwierig, weil man dieselben Individuen über Jahre hinweg beobachten muss.’

That essentially says that we don’t know how long wild animals remember their baby’s voices, because it’s difficult to observe those wild animals. Which makes me think, ‘Why are we observing this in goats? Because they’re there? Because we have them here in captivity? Isn’t that weird, though?
I can almost imagine the scientists saying: ‘Ok, little nanny goat. Here’s your baby. Listen carefully to his voice…you may not hear it for a while.‘ And then…ZOINKS…they snatch the little kid away. That just reeks of goat abuse to me. For the mother, for the baby, for everyone involved.
Well, I’ve said my piece. There at least one other goat-related thing to cover. Like I say, people see goat stories, and they think of me. Am I offended at this? I am not. Is that a plea for you to send my goat-related news? Yes, yes it is.
For example Amy over at Lucy’s Football sent me this:

@lahikmajoe Read this and thought of you. Just another reason you + goats are made for each other. keyboardkrumbs.com/goat

— Amy (@lucysfootball) June 22, 2012

Well, let’s go there, then. The blogpost is called Get Your Goat, and it’s on a blog called Keyboard Krumbs. You’ll like this. Wait, you can rent a goat? And take it to Staten Island? What could possibly go wrong?
Oh, wait. I just reread this more carefully. The guy and his twenty goats are providing a very practical service by clearing the grass. The point of this was not that you rent your own goat and just take the ferry over to offer your goat-related services. That would be madness.
Was I considering it? I don’t see that I need to answer that question.


  1. I loved that article for a lot of reasons. Not only for the rent-a-goat thing, but the “Goats are a problem. They are mischievous, they get into trouble, they escape their enclosure… goats are anarchists.”

    You + goats + mischievousness + anarchy. Yep.

    I’d say I’d start keeping an eye out for goat-related news to send you, but I’m already doing that, so it’s not like a new thing I’m adding to my daily routine.

    1. At the top of that blog, it says, ‘Love me, love my goats.’

      There are so many responses I have to that directive, but I suppose all of them are inappropriate.

      Thanks for pointing me in the direction of yet another goat-related direction.

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